Desjardins, Like Citi, Launching Apple Watch App

  • Philip Ryan
  • March 13, 2015
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Desjardins Group’s mobile apps feature dashboards scaled for small screens, which could carry over to its Apple Watch app

Earlier this week, we broke the news that Citibank was the first bank to go live with an Apple Watch app.

But it seems another financial institution should share the laurels: Desjardins Group, also known as Mouvement des caisses Desjardins.

Desjardins is a coalition of credit unions headquartered in Levis, Quebec, a suburb of Quebec City. Founded in 1900 and holding $165 billion in assets, Dejardins calls itself the largest association of credit unions in North America.

The company sent out a tweet on March 9, the day Apple Watch was announced, to say it would have an app ready to go on April 24, when the Apple Watch will be available for purchase.

Desjardins already has a fully developed (and bilingual) suite of apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, which feature extensive PFM capabilities and dashboard views that are perhaps a sign of things to come for its Apple Watch app. For now, the Desajrdins mobile banking page carries the following message:

Desjardins mobile services features available soon for Apple Watch!

It’s just a matter of time. We’ve adapted certain Desjardins mobile services features specifically for the Apple Watch, and they’re soon to be available for the Apple Watch.

Stay tuned!

Hear that, Citibank?

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Philip Ryan is Associate Editor of Bank Innovation. He worked as a web developer for the Fund for the City of New York for six years, and was an HTML developer at Ocean-7 Development back in the go-go ’90s. He has more than 15 years' experience in online journalism. He can be reached at pryanrmg1@gmail.com.

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